Thursday, September 24, 2009

The teaching

Recently, I visited a township called Freedom Park outside the city of Rustenburg, South Africa. A township is a poor neighborhood of shack homes (made of tin) or small brick houses (government provided). Some have running water and electricity some don't. Freedom Park doesn't.

Thousands of people live in Freedom Park. And the vast majority of them are migrant workers from other African countries.

My friends Mary and Lesley work in some of the many schools that the children of these migrant workers attend. They teach True Love Waits, life orientation (basic life skills) to the students. They also teach a Bible study during an after school program.

Lesley and Mary playing games
with the students during an after school program.

*Photos and edits by JAL, shot with Nikon D90

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The soccer match

Soccer is a big deal, at least here in South Africa. And it's an even bigger deal because the World Cup is coming here in 2010. Part of my job right now is to visit some of the cities with World Cup stadiums. While visiting we document the lives of the South Africans that live surrounding the stadiums. In the city of Rustenburg I actually got to go to a game. The Platinum Stars (the local team) played the Kaiser Chiefs. The Chiefs won. But hanging out with the fans was great. Such energy and zeal.

Me and fellow media worker, Stacie.

The Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace.
A community owned stadium, the only one in South Africa.

With our hosts, Lesley (left) and Mary (center).

Saturday, September 12, 2009

The glass blowing

I, along with two friends of mine, Mary Beth and Lusy, went to a glass shop and got to make our own glass paperweights. It was a cute shop and a very community type outing. We all enjoyed the time out and being amongst other people. The picture above is a man showing us how to make the decorations and mold in which to pour the hot, melted glass.

a shot of the studio and show room. i tried to take a panorama...

My friend, Mary Beth before she gave birth,
putting in the finishing decorations on the melted glass.

Lucy concentrating on her work of art.

A glass blowing demonstration.

The actual blowing.

*taken by JAL with a Sony Ericsson camera phone

Monday, September 07, 2009

The East London (South Africa) beach

Not too long ago, I took a trip to East London, South Africa. It's a cute little city right on the eastern coast. I got to go to the beach in July. But, was wearing a thick winter jacket because of the cold. So cold. Below is what I saw. It is really a beautiful place.

My friend, Roxie on the boardwalk looking out to the ocean.

*Photos and edits by JAL, shot with Nikon D90

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

The Samburu

The Samburu people are starving.

They are located just above the equator in eastern Africa.

The Samburu people live in the highland forests of Kenya, at almost 7,800 feet above sea level. An ongoing drought and post-election violence in 2008 gravely disrupted the area's food supply, contributing to the starvation of animals and people.

Hunger is a very real problem all through the drought stricken Rift Valley region of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. Thanks to the generous gifts of SBers to the World Hunger Fund, local workers are able to plan hunger relief projects to help alleviate some of the suffering. God is blessing these efforts. Pray for good rains this next season.

They are traditional warriors.

For more on how to help visit

*photos taken and edited by JAL, taken with Nikon D90. Video by DM.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

The Mug and Bean

Some days I've just got to get out of the house. Right now my bedroom also seconds as my office and the four walls really do close in.

Kristen, Ethan and I decided to spend the morning at a local coffee shop. We worked hard and ate good food. Kristen had a bottomless cup of coffee. (for those of you who don't know, there are no free refills here, so a bottomless cup of coffee is the "promise land").

*all photos by KNS, editing done by JAL, shot with Nikon D90